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My Life on Craigslist: Finalist of USA Best Books Award (English Edition) von [Ares, Alexandra]

My Life on Craigslist: Finalist of USA Best Books Award (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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Craigslist can be a real sharkfest! But it's amirror of who we are. Alexandra Ares takes this statement to a darkly funny place in this addictive satire of today’s wildest mores brazenly unleashed on America’s largest free online dating website. A zany and original New York girl trolls it for fun, love, sex, relationships and everything else, doomed to run from trouble to trouble.

Meet Emily Thompson, 25, quirky, wholesome, with a keen eye for contemporary art. One year after she moves from Buffalo to the trendy East Village, where she lands a job in an art gallery and an artist boyfriend, she loses everything. Alone, broke and depressed, she turns to Craigslist to find - for free - everything she needs for both fun and survival. She soon discovers a wild, flawed world where everyone is either the con or the conned, and decency has flown both the laptop and the desktop. A roommate who is rarely home, turns out to be an escort, which makes Emily get on her high moral horse, but later, when Emily herself becomes an escort for a day things spiral out of control...

With her chilling wit and trademark unconventional insight, Alexandra Ares delivers a fast-paced, rakishly entertaining, soulful, and ingeniously plotted novel that confirms her status as one of the hottest new writers around.

My Life on Craigslist was translated in Europe in 2012 and was a top 10 best seller in the E-book category for over 20 weeks.


"Rakishly entertaining! So much of what occurs is beautifully tied up. I adored it. The Apatow films don’t do it better. This book is a d-flawless diamond, small but utterly perfect."
̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶ ̶Monique Raphel High, best-selling novelist:

"A seamless merging of the latest “blog book” trend and “Bridget Jones Diary.Very funny….Many laugh-out-loud memorable lines….Originality: 5-stars….Very clean, clear voice and original writing."
̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶ ̶Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Review:

"Alexandra Ares has an incredible insight into the human persona and expresses her tantalizing talent with My Life On Craigslist."
̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶ ̶Alan Abel, humorist writer, the world’s most famous prankster:

"A little subversive book filled with cool art references, quirky thoughts, and a coming of age leading where you least expect it. The end begs for more. Even guys will love it!"
̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶ ̶Grant Henley, CL User:

"Very cool!" I can totally identify with Emily/Swan: jobless, looking for a roommate, zero money in the bank, and above all desperately seeking some sort of sexual or intimate connection that would numb the pain of this lonely existence. Bravo!"
̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶ ̶Ismael Corpas, CL User, Film Director LA:

"Sharp and funny! This entire journey from Craigslist to mundane life and back has a cinematic quality that could inspire a cool New York film. Alexandra Ares combines the visuals and witty dialog of a screenwriter with the emotional depths of a skilled novelist."
̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶ ̶Tudor Petrut, Actor/Director LA:

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

ALEXANDRA ARES, editor of MANHATTAN CHRONICLES, is also the author of Dream Junkies, and The Other Girl, the best indie novella of 2012. She lives in New York City, on the Upper East Side. You can learn more and contact her on Fecebook, Twitter and on


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3373 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 251 Seiten
  • Verlag: InGenius Books; Auflage: Second Edition, December 2012 (15. Dezember 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004HW6DX0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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HASH(0x9653a0fc) von 5 Sternen Fluffy, Fun Chick Lit 13. Juni 2011
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Format: Kindle Edition
My Life on Craigslist / 9781450746045

I'm not usually much for "chick lit" like "Bridget Jones's Diary", but I picked up this indie author book because I liked the first chapter and the premise sounded cute: protagonist Emily is trying to find her dreams in the big city, and her preferred search method for jobs, dates, and roommates is the online ad-posting site, Craigslist.

The premise is fun, but the execution is sometimes a little heavy-handed. Almost everyone Emily meets uses Craigslist extensively, and quite a few of the men and women she interacts with in the chapter vignettes (Emily gets a Roommate, Emily gets a Job, Emily gets a Date, Emily gets a Different Roommate, etc.) have rather long monologues about their views on Craigslist in general and the people online in particular. The speeches are generally clever and cute, but sometimes don't flow perfectly within the narrative.

"My Life on Craigslist" doesn't vary extensively from the chick lit formula. Emily is constantly on the verge of eviction, starvation, and crushing debt, but still manages to somehow go out for drinks and buy designer clothing when her fleeting jobs require it. She's picky about her roommates and prospective dates to the point of self-parody, and frequently repeats the chick lit meme that being 5'5" and 12X pounds is somehow "chubby" and "fat". Still, these bits are in the minority for the most part, and buried in a lot of cute and clever situations that frequently found me smiling at the text or outright laughing out loud.

This novel isn't perfect, especially not towards the end when the biggest deus ex machina I think I've ever seen blindsides both Emily and reader with the force of a speeding bus, but the overall story is fun and compelling, and will carry the reader happily to the end. The novel isn't particularly deep and it's often not entirely congruous, but it's light and fun and has plenty of cute moments along the way.

~ Ana Mardoll
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HASH(0x95e386b4) von 5 Sternen SWF seeking a good time. 28. August 2011
Von Amanda Richards - Veröffentlicht auf
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"They will tell you, you can't sleep alone in a strange place
Then they'll tell you, you can't sleep with somebody else
Ah, but sooner or later you sleep in your own space
Either way it's okay to wake up with yourself"
(Billy Joel)

An enjoyable and humorous look at the life of a young woman living in New York who has just lost her job and her boyfriend, but not her outlook on life and sense of adventure.

Taking the gamble in moving to the city from Buffalo one year previously, Emily is out of work, out of love and totally into Craigslist. Using the popular site for everything under the sun, she advertises for a roommate to help meet expenses, and also for assorted male companions for Friday and Saturday date nights.

Similar to the novel/movie "Bridget Jones's Diary", she struggles with her weight and with relationships, and her forays into the Craigslist dating scene often turn up the type of guys Bridget Jones would object to, namely "alcoholics, workaholics, peeping-toms, megalomaniacs, emotional f*wits or perverts."

Plagiarizing a Craigslist post for an absentee roommate, she scores the perfect person to share the rent, but then she discovers what the person really does for a living and freaks out. After the initial shock, circumstances lead to her walking in the other woman's shoes, and this brings about a life-changing experience.

Following the dizzy journey is half the fun, but Emily's candid observations keep the story ticking. Entertaining and insightful, the author takes the popularity of the online classified website and spins it into a charming yarn.

"I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life
Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone"

Amanda Richards, August 27, 2011
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HASH(0x9653ac60) von 5 Sternen My life on Craigslist 26. Januar 2011
Von Poppy - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
I read the book in one sitting, although I am still new to reading e-books, and I would have preferred to read it as a paperback. The book is witty and grips you, draws you in, moves you, amuses you, and leaves you hoping and smiling.
This is the story of Emily, a starry eyed young girl's life education and mis-education in New York through Craigslist. Everyone who tried the internet dating will enjoy and relate to this book. Ares is a very exciting new author, and this is my first introduction to her long format work, after reading some of her essays and columns in Manhattan Chronicles. I enjoyed the dry humor and the crackling prose, the combination of candor and depth that stands out on the page. Even if Ares could be occasionally labeled as a romantic, her romanticism is tempered with biting irony and a keen sense of women's capacity for self deception. I also liked how funny and vividly she created the world of East Village and the many interesting references to art - because I am an artist. The swiftly moving story is never dull and deceptively simple. In a time when America panics that is on the verge of decline, Emily watches, like Juno, the decline of traditional relationships and raw models, and ultimately character, and tries to cope the best she can. Like in the end of the Three Penny Opera, where the spectators are warned that in real life the happy end could have not occurred, the conversation about art between Emily and the movie mogul Guber in the middle of the novel, where they talk about the big pressure the artists face to deliver the fantasy the public needs, holds, I believe, the `built-in-cipher' of reading My Life on Craigslist.
It is daring for an author to write fiction in a second language, and is remarkable that Ares can write so fluently and effectively in English. Even if sometimes the flow feels a bit `different', it's interesting, and it works to her advantage.
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HASH(0x95e39888) von 5 Sternen Quick witty read you won't want to miss 9. Februar 2013
Von Reni ~ Inked in Chapters - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
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As soon as I read the following passage I knew this was the book for me:

"Yesterday I worked out and I even ate steamed veggies but couldn't say no to wine and four cookies around 7p.m. What lethal difference four sweet cookies can make in the grand scheme of things."

Have you ever watched Seinfeld? My grandpa used to say it was a show about everything and nothing. My Life on Craigslist reminds me of that show. We all know Seinfeld was a huge hit and it's easy to see why this book has gotten so much praise. Emily Thompson, a 25 year old, newly single, unemployed New Yorker. She spends most of her days and nights perusing the classifieds on Craigslist. If you've ever spent time on Craigslist, you can begin to formulate an idea of the disastrous situations Emily finds herself in. It's funny, smart and filled with tons and tons of crazy drama.

"My home page used to be Google, but the Craigslist tab was always open, so I recently changed it to Craigslist because it has to be. My entire life revolves around this site, and now that I'm all alone, I need it more than ever."

What is Emily searching for exactly? Well, beyond the happiness we're all searching for, she's looking for a new love interest, a roommate and of course a J-O-B. Unfortunately, she doesn't have the best luck in any of those departments. After scouring ads, she winds up working for some very shady people and dating men that would make most of us turn and run.

"What scares me is we never know the truth about the people we meet, date, dream about, worship, or even live with. People are like icebergs. Whenever we look at each other there are huge, hidden parts lurking below the surface. And we never know what they might be."

Just when you think things couldn't get worse they do. The thing is...the bad times never last. Eventually, just like with everything in life, things have to start looking up.

I laughed, smiled and rolled my eyes more during this book than I have in a long time. Alexandra Ares brings to life a strong, sassy, fearless young woman. Emily is a girl after my own heart! I have a feeling that if she were real and not some creep magnet fictional character, we would be the best of friends.

"Ive been living several months like a hermit, just me and my laptop, and now I am startled by this sudden immense display of life and people that exist regardless of me, separate of me, independent of me, oblivious of me."

If you're looking for a quick witty read, you've found it! My Life on Craigslist is an adventure you won't want to miss.
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HASH(0x95e39a38) von 5 Sternen If Congressman Weiner's wife would have read this book... 14. Juni 2011
Von BookLover - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
I didn't know this new indie author, but the title made me curious. I've had a few experiences on CL and I know how nuts it can be. I don't want to give away the plot, but I really enjoyed the book. It is chick lit with a twist about many things, including the new online exhibitionism...populated by hilariously creepy figures like Congressman Weiner. The book is highly readable and has many laugh-out lines, and leaves you wonder what is the internet doing to so many of us? Bill Clinton said he cheated with the intern "because he could". With Craigslist everyone `can' and the possibilities for "sin" and "ridicule" are endless.

I liked these citations:

"Welcome to the age of internet lust. Shameless and unbridled, tacky and silly, often crazy. The decency has flown the desktop, the laptop, even the smartphone. It's wild. Ladies and gentlemen, merely serves as reflection of who you really are."

"I like the headline of your post: "altruist seeks idealist". Most women in the city are mercenaries. Hope you are different....
"You are married, aren't you?
Yes, I am. But I am not looking just for sex.

Read the book and you'll find as many challenging insights as you might expect from an author who seems to have deep knowledge of online dating based on genuine, hilarious experiences."
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